AUTHOR READING: Todd Robert Petersen stopped by Townie Books to discuss the inspirations for writing his novel Picnic in the Ruins and also read an excerpt from the book, on Thursday, August 5. photo by Robby Lloyd

Benchtalk: August 20, 2021

Put a hold on the CB South skate park fundraiser
The Southside Skate Park Fundraising event and Music in the Park in CB South scheduled for Saturday, August 21 has been postponed until further notice. Please stay tuned for more information.

And also hold off on Silent Tracks meeting…
With an abundance of caution and for the health of our community, the Silent Tracks Annual Potluck and Meeting scheduled for this Sunday, August 22 is POSTPONED. The positive COVID cases have not substantially decreased and the board agreed that we all should look forward to having this event when everyone is more comfortable with gathering together. Stay tuned!

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Please be on the lookout for the Gunnison Country Food Pantry Fall Food Drive this year at Safeway and Vitamin Cottage in Gunnison. If you can, buy an extra food item or two and drop them in a Red Bucket. Red Buckets and information/donation tables will be present as much as possible until the end of September. If you can help cover a table for an hour or two, your help will be much appreciated. The Gunnison Country Food Pantry provided food security to more than 1,500 Gunnison Valley families and more than 3,500 of our neighbors in 2020. Fall provides a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the unique magic of the Gunnison Valley by volunteering your time. If you can help out, please call Angie at 970-901-2228.

2021 Town of Crested Butte Census is live
The Town of Crested Butte has officially launched its 2021 Census. The town is looking for responses from ALL residents and households in the Town of Crested Butte. It takes just 1 minute to fill out and can be found at:

Run for local town council!
If you are interested in having a big voice in Crested Butte, now is the time to step up. There will be an election this fall for the mayor and four councilpeople. To be a candidate in the election, petitions with a whopping 10 valid signatures must be turned into the Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 27. For more information call town clerk Lynelle Stanford at 970-349-5338 or email

Slow down – school is starting!
The 2021-22 Crested Butte Community School year begins this Monday, August 23. Given the bus crunch there will be more sleepy kids walking to school or heading to catch a Mountain Express or RTA bus at one of the stops. So please be aware of little pedestrians and slow down. Slowing down isn’t a bad choice anytime but it is especially important as we change seasons and school starts!

August 19- Paul Hird, Laura Mitchell, Phil Chamberland, Jim Duffy, Dustin Dyer
August 20- Trent Bona, Sarah Smith
August 21- Tony Borland, Talia Reynolds, Lexy Archer, Shobie Partos
August 22- Michael Beck, Paul O’Connor, Brice Hoskin, Roger Kahn
August 23- Mike Nolan
August 24- Trudy Yaklich, Perdie Linehan, Pam Bode, Montana & Dakota Wiggins, Madeline Pulley, Karen Hoskin
August 25- Sigrid Cottrell, Jerry Bigelow, Mary Chandler, Jessica Rutherford, Val Jaquith

GALLERY OPENING: On Saturday, August 7, Anne Kinder presented her watercolor paintings at the Kinder Paden Gallery inside of the Center for the Arts. photo by Nolan Blunck
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT: Meredith and Jake O’Connor of Crested Butte brought their son Evan Cooper O’Connor into the world on August 6 at 1:54 a.m. He registered 20.5 inches in length. Welcoming him to the family are sibling Emelyn Hayes O’Connor; grandparents Jim and Sally O’Connor of Cañon City, Colorado, Sandy McNamara and Neil Watko of Crested Butte and great-grandparent Virginia Shirey of Sewickley, Pennsylvania. courtesy photo
AUTHOR READING: Todd Robert Petersen stopped by Townie Books to discuss the inspirations for writing his novel Picnic in the Ruins and also read an excerpt from the book, on Thursday, August 5. photo by Robby Lloyd

Cameos: What is your favorite part about everyone going back to school?

I get the Lower Loop to myself when I want to run.
Adam Lee
I don’t have to share my
tips anymore
Tess Carnazzo
Maybe I can be trusted
off leash a bit more?
Ushering in the fall and
getting back to a routine
Heather Cussimanio
Everyone gets to see their
school friends again!
Lisa Blunck

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